From 3rd August 2021 Tourism activities re-open in Andaman & Nicobar Islands. In view of the steady decline in cases of COVID-19 in Andaman Nicobar Islands an order has been issued by the Director of Tourism Department today regarding reopening of all Tourism activities in South Andaman and North Middle Andaman District from today.
The tourists are allowed to visit Baratang/North & Middle Andaman subject to compulsory RAT testing for Andaman Trunk Road commuters which will be carried out at Forest check post on the spot / same day on payment of applicable charges
General Guidelines defined for traveling to Andaman Islands during COVID :
What are the guidelines for testing for tourists coming to Andaman after August 03 2021?
On arrival at Port Blair :
1. The tourists need to carry COVID-19 negative test report from mainland based 1CMR approved lab using Reverse Transcriptase-Polymerase Chain Reaction (RTPCR). However, the sample for RTPCR test should have been taken within 48 hours prior to starting the journey from the origin station. (For e.g. if the tourist takes a flight from Delhi at 0600 hrs. on 1st September, 2021, the sample for RTPCR test should have been taken not before 0600 hrs. on 30th August, 2021).
2. The tourists/visitors on arrival at Port Blair airport have to undergo mandatory Covid-19 screening with RTPCR test free of cost. Thereafter the tourists/visitors are allowed to move to their respective hotels. However, they will have to be under quarantine at Port Blair in their hotel rooms until the result of RTPCR tests are received. In case of RTPCR positive test results, the tourists/visitors shall remain in
institutional quarantine in hotels notified by the Hoteliers Association in consent with the A&N Administration, on rates as specified or to the designated hospital/ Covid-19 care centre on case-to-case basis.
3. Tourists may also have to undergo random Rapid Antigen Test conducted from time to time on payment basis as prescribed by A8N Administration.
What if the tourists test positive after arriving at the Andaman Islands?
If the tourists tests positive during their stay in the Islands, he/she will need to undergo institutional isolation as per existing health protocols. The
cost of such isolation for govt. facility will be paid by the tourists as fixed by the administration from time to time.
If the patient wants to stay at hotels, he/she can stay in the hotels if all the conditions below are met:
a) Patients are not symptomatic and not more than 60 years old.
b) Request/ undertaking is made by patient in writing.
c)lf allowed by doctors.
Hotels will make necessary arrangements to designate a part of their rooms for institutional isolation for this purpose.
Andaman Islands, the most beautiful Indian union territory, are majorly popular among couples and families. But solo travellers also deserve to surround themselves with its splendor of white sand beaches, crystal clear waters and blue skies. The island is like a gold mine for solo backpackers as well, especially solo female travellers. Comprising nearly a total of 600 islands, only a few are open for tourists in the little paradise of Andaman and Nicobar Islands. In this article, we are presenting the ultimate guide for a solo backpacking trip to Andamans.
The best time to visit the islands is from October to May. The below-mentioned attractions should be included in your travel itinerary if you want to see the best of Andaman Islands. Let’s get ready to dive into this amazing jewel of Bay of Bengal! Get set go for an ultimate solo backpacking journey!
You will land in Port Blair, the capital of Andaman and Nicobar Islands, if you are travelling by air. A little bit crowded, it is one of the most commercialised places here. Its major point of interest is Cellular Jail, which is also known as Kaala Paani. The jail was used by the British to exile political prisoners. It will take you to India’s political, pre-independence past. You can also visit the Anthropological Museum that gives an uncommon insight into the subtle nuance of how the local tribes live. In the Main Bazaar, the local bars serve mouth-watering royal faloodas that are sure to satisfy your taste buds.
This island is the most beautiful place in Andamans, and as a solo traveller, you have to explore the magical beauty of this place. If you are budget backpacker, then the place also has cheap stay and food options for you. First, you have to go and see the Radhanagar Beach, which is counted among the best beaches in the world. You can catch the most gorgeous sunset in the sky. Another mesmerising beach is Elephant Beach that is known for its clear water. You can go there via ferry or hiking (highly recommended!). Kalapathar Beach, which is away from the main town, is a fantastic picnic spot. It has a lush green forest on one side and a heavenly silvery beach on another. If you love collecting souvenirs while travelling, then this is a great place to do so as there are various shops selling local handicrafts and other pretty items by the roadside.
Other lovely beaches at Havelock include Govindnagar Beach and Vijaynagar Beach. If you want, you can rent a bike or scooty for yourself
to hop on from one beach to another.
When in Havelock Island, doing water activities is obvious as it is the hub of some of the most exciting water sports. You can choose to go for fun diving or do a certified course offered by PADI certified divers. If not scuba diving, then you can go for snorkeling, kayaking, jet-skiing, glass-bottom boating, etc.
Forest Camp Beach
Having superbly beautiful beaches, Neil Island is the one-stop destination for those solo travellers who would prefer a rather quaint spot that is bursting with flora and fauna. It is a pristine location for those craving peaceful alone time. Bharatpur Beach is one such attraction where you choose to relax or go for snorkeling, scuba diving or jet skiing. One unique thing to do here is taking a glass boat tour. The glass-bottom is made of glass that allows you to take a look at the rich aquatic life. Another must-see beach here is Laxmanpur beach. To witness the loveliest sunset of your life, visit this beach during sunset. That’s when you can see a sky full of several shades of orange. Other places that you can visit here are Sitapur Beach and Howrah Bridge.
A small town in the Northern part of Andaman Islands, Diglipur is a must visit place for those travelling solo. It is very popular among offbeat travellers and nature lovers. Far from all the commercialisation, the place is an excellent alternative for those who want to explore the unexplored. You can trek to Saddle Peak that is located at the northernmost point of Andaman Islands near Diglipur. You will reach this beautiful top in nearly two hours. The view from there is simply stunning. Witnessing the sunrise from there will make you drop your jaw. It’s absolutely spellbinding!
Ram Nagar Beach
Lamiya Bay Beach
Ross & Smith Islands
The first gateway up north from Port Blair, Baratang Island is located between Middle and South Andaman. You will need a full day to explore the beauty of this place. The island is slightly less developed, but still a wonderful natural delight. There are not many tourist facilities, fancy restaurants or luxury accommodation. But trust us, all this further enhances the beauty and natural glow of the place. If you decide to stay here, then you will be rewarded with untouched beaches, exciting bird watching opportunities, a rural way of life, adventurous mangrove boat rides and plenty of mouth-watering authentic Indian dishes. This tiny island is perfect for nature explorers as well as wildlife fans.
While planning your solo trip to Andaman, the best thing to do would be to make all your bookings through Andaman Island Travels. It will help you with all your reservations including flight tickets, hotels, ferries, etc. You can also make bookings for water sports here.
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